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Closing Our Gym

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I decided not to go into detail about why we closed the gym.  Pointing fingers, contemplating the coulda-shoulda-woulda, and debating whether or not this was necessary doesn’t make the situation any better.  It is what it is whether we like it or not.

It was just time.  It seems so cliche, but no matter how hard we tried to fight we were in a circle and eventually brought back to the same point.  We gave up a lot to start the gym, and realize our dreams… to grow from a tiny rented space in somebody else’s gym to a 1000 sq. ft. space of our own and eventually doubling that!  We loved it, we lived it and we’ll never forget it.

The thing that makes this the hardest is the people that we met.  The clients that turned into friends and family.  As much as we were helping them, they were completing us.  Reaching their goals and dreams fulfilled ours.  I will look back at the struggles of gym ownership with nothing but gratitude because it was the experience of a lifetime.  I can’t even count the number of people that we helped and it is very humbling that they entrusted us with something so big as their health!  I am so lucky for these last 8 years.

We didn’t have much time to make a decision to close.  It was pretty much one thing happening after another until we had to stop and say “I think this is enough.”  It definitely surprised everyone and I think some even felt a little betrayed, but we didn’t do this because we didn’t care anymore, we just had to put what was best for our family first.

This was our goodbye message on FB with the image above:

“We took the time to write down an eloquent farewell, but FB deleted it during posting… So here is the short version. As of this morning Flex Fitness is officially closed. This was not an easy decision for us, in fact it was downright painful, but it’s time to close this chapter of our lives and set our sights on new goals. We have made lifelong friends here and had some of the best times of our lives. We raised our babies beside all of you and we’ll never forget the amazing times we had with our Flex family. We are beyond grateful for each and every one of you and really can’t thank you all enough for the support over these last 8 years. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

The support and love we received from our past clients was overwhelming and had me in tears every time I would read their responses.  It got to the point where I couldn’t reply anymore because it was just making me such a mess.  I literally cried all day.  I worked out with my last group at 6am, said our goodbyes, cleaned up the last few things and lost my shit when I looked back one last time before locking the door.  We had to meet with our landlord to sign some papers and turn over our keys and I cried the whole way there and back home.  Friends were calling or messaging to check on me and it would start all over again.  I’m actually so grateful for that. It means that I had something so amazing in my life that was just so hard to lose.

The same thing I keep hearing over and over from people is “when one door closes, another opens” and I really feel this to be true.  The first thing I did was come back to my blog after a postpartum depression and gym closing hiatus.  It has only been a week and I’m already having some thoughts run through my head about finally breaking into online nutrition coaching so that I can still help people, but do it from home and be with Steele.  The possibilities are endless, and while I’m still sad about this chapter closing, I’m excited to spend more time with my kiddos and decide where I want to go from here!

I’m sure people still have questions, I’ve been a bit vague, but I just want to move forward and stay positive.  You can always DM me 🙂

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